Warning: Lye is caustic and can hurt you if you are not careful. Always make sure you wear long pants, boots, a long sleeved shirt, gloves and eye protection when working with or handling Lye. Also, be prepared to dispose of whatever you wear if it becomes contaminated.
Making your own Lye from wood ashes is one way of introducing a little more self-sufficiency into your everyday life.
Lye is typically made to make soap, but it also can be used as a household cleaner (check the internet for recipes and follow the recipes and precautions to the letter) or to strip animal hides.
Making it on your own from wood ash is a fairly simple project and on the next page, we cover how to do it!